“Just as cathedrals came out of the medieval world view and castles embody the feudal system, these edifices are to be seen as emanations of our time, as a self-representation of our society.”

— Bernd and Hilla Becher, 1971

Bernd Becher, Hilla Becher, Duisburg-Bruckhausen, Ruhrgebiet (1999)

Bernd and Hilla Becher’s photograph of the Thyssen Krupp steel mill in Duisburg is remarkable on its own terms. A formally ideal composition obtained from a cacophony of objects, shapes and angles, it depicts a frontier between two zones. But although the monochrome film and diffuse light is consistent with the grids of industrial structures for which the Bechers are renowned…

Benedict Flett

Cambridge grad, photographer and writer. Interested in social theory, image networks, the post-Soviet space.

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